Capsicum frutescens, also known as cayenne pepper or red pepper, is a species of chili pepper that is likely native to South America, but is now widely grown in tropical and subtropical areas. An annual or short-lived perennial, this plant has both a white flower and a fruit (i.e. the pepper) that is commonly used for medical purposes.
More than just a way to spice up your food, capsicum has long been used in alternative and traditional medicines. Today, this extract is added to various personal care products, including those marketed for relief of oral discomfort or toothaches, as a digestive aid, and can also be found in cleansers and bath products.